Persuasive Essay English 11

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There is more to diabetes than just limiting your sugar intake.
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"The ADA recommends that most diabetics should get sugars down to less than 7 percent on the A1C. "

Fackelmann, Kathleen. "What's a Diabetes Patient to do?" USA TODAY, 17 Mar, 2008, SIRS Issues Researcher, https://sks.sirs.com.

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"The fourth leading cause of death in America, diabetes claims an estimated 178,000 lives each year."

Hingley, Audrey. "Diabetes Demands a Triad of Treatments." FDA Consumer (U.S.Food and Drug Administration), 1997, pp. 33-37, SIRS Issues Researcher, https://sks.sirs.com.

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"Currently available insulin pumps, about the size of a pager, are worn on the belt or elsewhere on the body and deliver a supply of insulin through tubing inserted just under the skin of the abdomen."

Manning, Anita. "Insulin without Injections." USA TODAY, 06 Mar, 2001, SIRS Issues Researcher, https://sks.sirs.com.

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Yet, said Dr. David Nathan, director of the Diabetes Center at Massachusetts General Hospital, "when you think about it, it's not the diabetes that kills you, it's the diabetes causing cardiovascular disease that kills you."

Kolata, Gina. "Six Killers: Diabetes--Looking Past Blood Sugar to Survive with .." New York Times (New York, NY), 20 Aug, 2007, pp. A1+, SIRS Issues Researcher, https://sks.sirs.com.

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"Diabetes mellitus is the leading cause of new cases of blindness in adults 20-74 years of age, so regular referrals to ophthalmology are recommended to monitor the patient for retinopathy."

Pompei, Peter. "Diabetes Mellitus in Later Life." Generations Vol.30, No.3, 2006, pp. 39-44, SIRS Issues Researcher, https://sks.sirs.com.

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People with both forms of diabetes can develop nerve problems at any time, although the chances of doing so increase with the time elapsed since diagnosis. Patients often say that they were at first unaware of growing numbness in their feet and hands.

Lauerman, John F. "A Burning Issue: Diabetic Neuropathy." Brain Work, 1999, pp. 3-6, SIRS Issues Researcher, https://sks.sirs.com.

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He also tests his blood-sugar level by pricking one of his fingers and putting a drop of blood on his glucose machine just before he takes the insulin shot in the morning.

Kaukas, Dick. "Living with Diabetes." Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY), 11 Jul, 1993, pp. H1+, SIRS Issues Researcher, https://sks.sirs.com.

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In type 1 diabetes, the beta cells of the pancreas are destroyed by the body's immune system, which is responsible for recognizing and destroying outside invaders such as viruses or bacteria.

Lewis, Carol. "Diabetes: A Growing Public Health Concern." FDA Consumer (U.S.Food and Drug Administration), 2002, pp. 26-33, SIRS Issues Researcher, https://sks.sirs.com.

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Type 2 diabetes accounts for more than 90 percent of cases in the United States. In this type, the pancreas continues to produce insulin; however, the body develops resistance to its effects, resulting in a different kind of insulin deficiency than in type 1.

Lewis, Carol. "Diabetes: A Growing Public Health Concern." FDA Consumer (U.S.Food and Drug Administration), 2002, pp. 26-33, SIRS Issues Researcher, https://sks.sirs.com.

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Between 3 percent and 5 percent of pregnant women in the United States develop gestational diabetes--elevated blood sugar due to certain hormones that occurs only during pregnancy.

Can cause high risk of getting type 2 later on

Lewis, Carol. "Diabetes: A Growing Public Health Concern." FDA Consumer (U.S.Food and Drug Administration), 2002, pp. 26-33, SIRS Issues Researcher, https://sks.sirs.com.

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The next step for these people is taking a medicine that lowers the blood sugar. There are two basic kinds: insulin therapy and oral medications.

Lewis, Carol. "Diabetes: A Growing Public Health Concern." FDA Consumer (U.S.Food and Drug Administration), 2002, pp. 26-33, SIRS Issues Researcher, https://sks.sirs.com.

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The number of diagnosed cases of diabetes increased by 61 percent from 1991 to 2001, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Kolata, Gina. "Six Killers: Diabetes--Looking Past Blood Sugar to Survive with .." New York Times (New York, NY), 20 Aug, 2007, pp. A1+, SIRS Issues Researcher, https://sks.sirs.com.

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Over time, high blood sugar levels damage blood vessels, eventually leading to the organ damage that makes diabetes the nation's seventh leading cause of death.

"Diabetes: Preventing Complications that Kill--Part II: A.." Harvard men's health watch, Aug, 2002, pp. 1-4, SIRS Issues Researcher, https://sks.sirs.com.

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Diabetics are prone to infections, which make good blood sugar control all the more difficult. As usual, prevention is best. For diabetics, this means a flu shot each fall and a pneumococcal pneumonia vaccination every 5-10 years.

"Diabetes: Preventing Complications that Kill--Part II: A.." Harvard men's health watch, Aug, 2002, pp. 1-4, SIRS Issues Researcher, https://sks.sirs.com.

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It is sobering to realize that, although diabetes is one of the most carefully studied and best understood of human diseases, and the big advance in understanding it was made 80 years ago by country doctors in Canada, we are still unable to cure it.

Bethell, Tom. "Hunting for a Cure." American Spectator, Mar, 2001, pp. 58-66, SIRS Issues Researcher, https://sks.sirs.com.

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Organ donors provide about six thousand pancreases a year. For 20 years or more, medical centers tried transplanting them into human patients who were severely ill with diabetes. Then, last summer, researchers at the University of Edmonton in Alberta succeeded. Within hours of injecting the islets, all their patients were off insulin.

Bethell, Tom. "Hunting for a Cure." American Spectator, Mar, 2001, pp. 58-66, SIRS Issues Researcher, https://sks.sirs.com.

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"Sometimes," Claire Williams said, "I'll fix a healthy meal with a lot of vegetables and he'll go into a low because it doesn't give him enough calories."

Kaukas, Dick. "Living with Diabetes." Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY), 11 Jul, 1993, pp. H1+, SIRS Issues Researcher, https://sks.sirs.com.